DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial

After much deliberation, I finally decided that Leah was going to be an owl for Halloween this year.  I threw around lots of different ideas until I finally came up with this baby owl costume.  Follow this tutorial to make your own!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Doesn’t she look adorable?!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

She’s got fabric scalloped wings, scallops on her chest, a ruffle butt, and  legwarmers to match!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

I wanted a costume that she could move and crawl around in.  The wings are sewn onto the onesie, and they didn’t bother her one bit!  That’s saying a lot for a crawling, put everything in her mouth eight month old!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!
Baby Owl Costume Pattern

I wasn’t sure if she would tolerate a hat, so we experimented with some pink feathers in her hair.  Eventually, I did decide to whip up a little fleece owl hat for her to wear.  Check back soon to see that.  **EDIT: Go here to see the hat.**

Baby Girl Owl Halloween Costume Tutorial

The idea for the fabric scalloped wings came from this post here on Llevo el Invierno.  Go look at it!  I just love the way her wings look!  My challenge was making them so that my baby could wear them without having to tie anything around her neck.  It worked out great, so I’m gonna show you how.  I know it’s late for Halloween this year, but pin it and save it for later!

To make this owl costume you are going to need:

  • A long sleeve onesie
  • double fold bias tape
  • a large piece of cotton fabric for the main wing and ruffles (size will depend on size of onesie you are using)
  • 1/8 yard of cotton fabric for each print that you want for the scallops/feathers.  (For the scallops that go along the bottom edge of the wing, get a fabric that is the same color on both sides.  I’ll explain later.)
  • You will also want to print out the scallop pattern here.

Now for the tutorial!

First thing you need to do is make a template for the wing itself.  I taped two pieces of computer paper together to make it big enough.  Take your onesie and lay it flat with one arm out straight.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

This is going to be the horizontal length of your template.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Pattern

Now take the onesie and put the arm up at an angle.  This will make it so that your baby can move their arms and crawl around.

Baby Owl Costume with a Onesie

The vertical length of your template will be from the shoulder point diagonal down to the point just above the onesie leg hole.  Draw a curved line to connect the two ends and you are done.  Hopefully the photos help!

Baby Owl Costume Pattern

Use your template to cut out  two wing pieces.  I cut my fabric with the stretch going along the vertical length of the template because I thought it would be good to have some stretch down the back of the onesie.  Be sure to flip it over to cut the second so that they are opposite.  I marked the top of my fabric wings with a pin just so I could stay oriented.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

For this step, I bought too wide of bias tape.  I think this was a one inch double fold.  Get the thinner one.  I think it’s 1/4 inch double fold.  Get your bias tape and pin and sew it along the curved edges of the wings to finish the edge.  We only want one layer of fabric for each wing to keep them as light as possible.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!
DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Now, use your scallop templates to trace and cut out your feathers.  Overlap the templates to make them as long as needed.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Scallop Pattern

Earlier I said that you will need one fabric that is the same color on both sides.  This is because the bottom scallop will show on both sides of the wing.  You don’t want an ugly wrong side of a fabric showing on the front.

Baby Owl Costume Scallops

This part is optional, but recommended.  I wanted the scallops to be able to fray a bit but not go crazy, so I stitched a straight stitch 1/4 inch away from the edge of all of the scallops.  Don’t worry about stitching the straight edge along the top.

Owl Costume Scallops

Take your first row of scallops and pin and sew it along the curved edge of the wing on the wrong side (side with no print) of the fabric.  If one last scallop is hanging over the edge of this row, cut the whole thing off like I did here.  Notice how it doesn’t go all the way to the end.

Owl Costume Wings
Owl Costume Wings

Layer and sew the rest of your scallops.  When you get into the tighter curves, you will have to pleat or fold the fabric a little to get it to turn the right way.  Let these rows hang over a bit past the edges.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Trim all of the scallops to line up with the main wing piece.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Now take your double fold bias tape again and line it up on the straight edges.  Pin and sew it on.  Make sure to turn the ends of the bias tape under so you don’t have any fraying.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!
DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Don’t they look great?!  Now set your wings aside and get your onesie back out.  Cut out some more scallops in your favorite fabrics to go on the front of the onesie.  See the photo below.  Prep the bottom of the scallops to prevent fraying like you did with the ones on the wings.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Take the sets of three scallops and pleat/fold them to match the curve of the neck of the onesie.

Sew bias tape on the top of the highest set of scallops to finish the edge.

Layer and sew all of the scallops starting with the one on the bottom and working up.  Use a wide zigzag or stretch stitch to sew them onto the onesie to keep everything stretchy.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

For the ruffle butt on the onesie, I just used this tutorial here by Crap I’ve Made.  I opted to cut the strips a bit wider and hem the edges.  I don’t have a serger, and we have enough fraying going on on the wings.  Don’t need fraying ruffles.  I also recommend sewing the ruffles onto the onesie with a zigzag or stretch stitch.

I used the same ruffles to sew onto the bottom of the legwarmers.  There are TONS of different tutorials out there to make legwarmers.  I just used an old pair of knit toddler tights.

DIY Baby Owl Costume (ruffle butt onesie)

Now you finally get to sew the wings onto the onesie!  Lay your onesie out straight again like you did when you made your template.  Pin and sew (using a zigzag) where I have shown in the photo below.  You can sew the rest by hand if you want, but it’s too hard to get in there with the machine.  Be sure not to sew any part of the onesie shut!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Now kind of fold the wing up in the middle and pin and sew all the way down the back with a zigzag.  You should end somewhere over the top ruffle on the butt of the onesie.

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!
DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

That’s it!  Piece of cake right?! ;)  Please ask if you have any questions!  Let me know if you like it and please subscribe!

DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!
DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial - Comfortable and adorable!

Check back soon to see the hat that I made.  **EDIT: Go here to see the hat.**

And I think you’ll also like this bee costume!

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23 Responses to DIY Baby Owl Costume Tutorial

  1. Mima says:

    How cute! Now I just need to have a little girl so I can make this for her!

  2. This is amazing. I was just about to feature this…and than I realized that it was you! Still, love it so much!

  3. This is so adorable!!

  4. Can’t wait to make this for my 13mo old daughter for this Halloween!! So cute! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. :)

  5. your kidding me.. this is cuteness times 100!! love it!
    so cute!

  6. Oh my goodness, this turned out so cute!! I love everything about it.

  7. Corey W. says:

    This is so stinkin’ adorable! Love it!

  8. Absolutely amazing! I’m doing a modified version of this to make my 2.5 year old a “Muffin” costume (From 3rd and Bird)

  9. Chelsie says:

    I wanted to let you know that I used your tutorial for my baby’s Halloween costume and I love the way it turned out! I wrote a blog about it today if you want to see :) Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!
    Here’s the link where I showed it:
    http://www.acitygirlscountrylife.com/2013/10/31/happy-owloween/

  10. Meghan says:

    I used this to make my daughter’s costume this year and it turned out amazing!! She hasn’t had it on yet, but once she does I’m going to take lots of pictures! Thank you so much for your easy to follow instructions, it worked out perfectly!

  11. Mayra says:

    I love it! Do you think it will work out if I sew all by hand? I don’t have a machine…

  12. Steph says:

    Hey, thanks for this! My daughter wore it for Halloween. First sewing project for me in 20 years! I made a few mistakes, but no one seemed to notice or care, and she looked unique and comfy!

    Here’s a photo of her from behind!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154723956230507&l=687271b474

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